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Don Toliver Offers a Closer Look Into His Life on ‘Life of a DON’

It’s been about three years since Don Toliver emerged onto the scene, and in so little time, he has worked himself to a position that many new artists still struggle to reach. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine the game without him here blessing all our musical needs. His artistry has been unmatched, his flows are unique, and he is able to craft melodies like no other. After his debut album Heaven or Hell which was released in early 2020, his trajectory has skyrocketed and he easily marked himself as a high-profile artist that everyone had their eyes on. Making his way onto huge anthems such as Internet Money’s “Lemonade”, and “His & Hers”, as well as landing placements with major artists like Nas, Eminem, and Big Sean, Don is on his way to the top, and there ain’t a thing standing in his way of getting there. Last weekend, Don Toliver released his sophomore album titled Life of a Don, and this is the body of work that many fans were anticipating for so long. Safe to say, Don Toliver delivered on all fronts, and this album will play a significant role in his career thus …

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

Tic Tac Toe [ilmato] x [Heartgaze]

“Tic Tac Toe” is a collab between me, heartgaze, and Chilean artist ilmato. The song was entirely produced by me with additional background vocals from Cece Maravilla and additional guitars from Francisco Chandia. I’m from Argentina (Buenos Aires), and when the song was finished, we finished it over Zoom with Ilmato. Lyrically, the song includes themes of teenage party stories, drinking games, love and all that comes in between. Ilmato sings lines such as “Spin the bottle hasta que yo salga” (spin the bottle until it lands on me), and the hook is a play on words on the traditional Tic Tac Toe game” – Heartgaze  Buenos, Aires native Heartgaze makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with one of the most creative bangers of the year titled “Tic Tac Toe.” In collaboration with Chilean artist ilmato, the cultural influences are immediately brought to focus via the nonexistent language barrier as the pair primarily sing in Spanish with occasional lines in English. The artist’s vocals are hyper, which fascinatingly complements the bass-heavy production and guitar prominent instrumentation. At the very beginning, the track contains a mysterious house and/or dance vibe, before sonically shifting to a more varied, genre-less identity. With an addictive hook, …

KILL CUPID – [Dro Kenji] ft. [$NOT]

Although $NOT has been achieving mass amounts of recognition and fame over the past year or so, Dro Kenji is an artist that I feel deserves so much more attention than he receives. Either way, I was beyond excited to find out that the two teamed up for their song “KILL CUPID” off of Dro’s latest project Fuck Your Feelings, and after listening in, I was absolutely enthralled. It’s still a song I revisit weekly if not more often, so you can only imagine my excitement when I found out that they decided to drop a brand-new Alex Sarzosa-directed, Tristan Zammit-animated music video for the hit record. Dro finds himself in the middle of a club in this fully animated world where he hangs out before a lovely lady catches his eye. Instead of approaching her, Cupid sends an arrow in his direction that catches him so off-guard that he goes flying through the club, letting go of his drink which ends up splashing all over the girl, which prompts her to pour her drink all of him and leave him on his own. When $NOT comes in, he holds two pistols in his hands as he is on the …

Notice Me – [DC the Don]

While I always appreciate artists carving their own path and doing their own thing, individuality and diversity are always two traits I admire most about certain talents. One of these musicians is DC the Don, an LA-based creative who has been taking genres and mashing them together flawlessly over the past few years, and fans have been as supportive as it gets ever since. Most recently, the rising star decided to expand upon his continuous hot streak with his song “Notice Me” which is produced by Artillery, Trademark, and LouieOTK, and while I think the song is one of his best yet, I definitely wanted to focus on the SevenEight-directed music video for this particular article. As it opens up, DC lets someone who seems to be his manager in the side of a building before taking us to the green room of this place where he and his friends get ready. As they hang out, gamble a little, and smoke their weed, they prep themselves for the events ahead. While I wasn’t sure what was about to come next, they head out to the floor where they shoot a music video within a music video, bringing a cross between …

Chicken n Hot Sauce – [Lil Spooki] ft. [Lil2z]

Every day, I’m put onto new artists that I might not have known about previously, but my world and sonic palate get expanded exponentially the deeper into the music industry I get. Most recently, I was put onto Lil Spooki and Lil 2z, two artists who I might not have known about before their song “Chicken n Hot Sauce” came out just a couple of weeks ago, but I’m all in on them now. After being sent the very interesting music video, I was captivated in all the right ways, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you. As the visual opens, the two rappers are sitting on a bed in their room playing a round of “Bible-opoly” as a news broadcast plays in the background. While listening, the anchors mention how a new virus is going around and turning nice, wholesome women into “psycho thots”, and their goal is to pray on virgins. While I’m not sure if this is the case for either artist considering I don’t know much about them and the internet doesn’t seem to have any sort of biographies on them, they seem to be extremely worried, especially after piecing the name of …

Rude & Reno-[Xhulooo]

Up and coming artist, Xhulooo just dropped a fire project that NEEDS to be on everyone’s radar immediately. The 5 song collection called, “Rude & Reno” is the perfect introduction to anyone who may not be familiar with the Atlanta based talent. Pulling inspiration from the greats like Pharrell, Kanye West, Tyler, The Creator, Lil Wayne, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert as muses, he doesn’t neglect to mention his adoration for his friends like, OnlyBino!, Lil Keel, Smalls10K, SoFaygo & TrapGoKrazy. With a mixture of dope events in his sound, Xhulooo is operating in a great lane that is only going to get better. According to him, “The Rude & Reno project came about because i reached out to Iankon, a producer who’s beats i’ve adored for about a year or 2 prior to working with him, about working with each other, and the 5 songs on R&R is some of our only, but best music together, which pushed me to release the project. it’s also named after a boss duo from Final Fantasy, because Ian’s melodies always remind me of Final Fantasy soundtrack compositions.” Make sure you check this one out ASAP! I’ve attached the link below!

Gametime – [Lil Tecca] & [Amine]

Lil Tecca is undeniably one of my favorite artists out, and Amine is definitely up there as well, so when I saw that they had teamed up to put together a song for the upcoming Space Jam movie soundtrack entitled “Gametime”, I was definitely excited. Now, my thoughts on this movie aren’t great just because I’m one of those people who just think there didn’t need to be a sequel to the original Space Jam considering it is just a classic that can’t be messed with, but I digress. The song itself is absolutely amazing, so I had to check out the John Tashiro and Tim Carpenter-directed music video once I saw that that released as well. Opening up with Tecca hanging out at the crib, he picks up his phone to talk to Amine and asks him to hop on XBOX. This part of the visual definitely felt like a gimmick as if XBOX paid them for a mid-video advertisement which I’m sure was the case, but nonetheless, Tecca hopped on and booted up the new Space Jam game. Once he puts his headset on, electric currents take over the entire screen and extend out to the controller, turning …

Watch Tyler, The Creator perform “Lumberjack” at the 2021 BET Awards

It has become more and more obvious that the BET Awards are one of the most relevant awards shows in existence, yet so many people want to deny this simple fact. Since the Grammys are decades behind the times, for the most part, BET actually covers the music that is not only popular but absolutely needed in the current day and age of history. Thankfully, they brought all the stars out at last night’s awards show, and after seeing names like Lil Uzi, Lil Baby, Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, and even our very own Cole Bennett, it was clear that this was the place to be. While some of the performances were definitely unforgettable, Tyler, The Creator decided to stop by and keep the momentum behind his awesome new album Call Me if You Get Lost going by performing one of the project’s stand-out single “Lumberjack”. This performance was absolutely nuts and kept the theme of the album roll out perfectly, so I had to share it with you in case you missed it last night. As it begins, it appears as if Tyler is on a journey somewhere in a Tiffany blue old-school Rolls Royce. Before rapping, the …

Truffles – [Mick Jenkins]

If there’s one person I owe my life to, at least when it comes to my interest in music, it’s Mick Jenkins. While I was a fan of the basic radio rap hits back in the day when I was first getting into the genre, I somehow found out about Mick from a friend, and my entire outlook on music changed. He just told such a powerful story in such a smooth, suave fashion, and whether he was talking about serious topics or flexing his wealth, there was never a dull moment, and he made sure to keep even the most played-out topics fresh and relevant by reinventing the way he talked about them. Even though he has come such a long way since his early beginnings, he has only gotten better with time, and his most recent hit “Truffles” is the perfect example of why. While the record itself is an absolute banger in every sense of the word from the hard-hitting delivery to the intense production and everything in between, the Andre Muir-direct music video is even more trippy than anything, so I wanted to focus on that first and foremost. It begins with Mick waking up on …